The weather has been very unpredictable lately. One day it feels like Fall, the next it feels like Winter has come early, but then a couple days later it goes back to the autumnal warmth. One thing which has stayed the same is the dark mornings mixed with the dark nights. Can get anyone down, but if your an manic depressive like me you can suffer with S.A.D (seasonal affective disorder) and this means you have to take extra care of yourself. So I thought I would share some seasonal self-care help ideas. As it will help me stay connected, stay grounded. In turn, we’ll be able to give ourselves more fully and authentically. Basically, don’t forget to take care of yourself before taking care of others like my doctor advised me.
Here some ideas on how to do this, even if you don’t suffer with Sad during this seasonal time.
Hot drinks – treat yourself to a seasonal hot chocolate, mulled wine, hot cider. Sit somewhere warm, pref with a roaring fire.
Favourite holiday movie – Time to curl up with a blanket, hot drink and a favorite holiday movie. Whether it be a singing muppet, a heart felt story about Santa or two hopeless people falling in love.
Pamper night – At this time of year it’s perfect to have a pamper night. Moisturise mask, cleansing mask or foot mask.
Take a walk – Wrap up warm and go for a walk the fresh air will do the world of good and will get some vitamin sun time. You can also do this seeing the Christmas lights.
Eat dinner by candlelight – Nothing like a warm comforting meal by candlelight. It could be romantic or wintery either way good for the soul.
List of goals – writing down what you’re grateful for, what you think your 2018 goals might be, highlights from this year, or a list of people you want to reach out to and maybe reconnect.
Time with friends and family – Having company keeps you going and socialable instead of an anti social butterfly.
Treat yourself – With so many different shopping events and things to buy everyone else as gifts, it’s hard to forget to treat yourself. Even if it’s something very small.
Remember to be kind to yourself. It can feel like theres much more pressure to be perfect. Don’t let it get to you. Take it as it comes. If you need to rest. Rest. It’s your time too.